Fran Levin Bowman, M.Ed. & Vincent Culotta, Ph.D., Copyright, 2010, All Rights Reserved
Dyslexia affects 1 in 10 individuals, many of whom remain undiagnosed and receive little or no intervention services. For some individuals who have never been diagnosed, dyslexia is a hidden disability which may result in underemployment, difficulty navigating academic environments, difficulty on the job, and reduced self-confidence. Even those who have been diagnosed are likely to struggle with reading or writing in some aspects of their lives. Dyslexia is a specific reading disorder and does not reflect low intelligence. There are many bright and creative individuals with dyslexia who never learn to read, write, and/or spell at a level consistent with their intellectual ability. Do you think you may have dyslexia? Please complete the brief 10 question self-assessment tool below.
Self-Assessment for Adults
|1||Do you read slowly?|
|2||Did you have trouble learning how to read when you were in school?|
|3||Do you often have to read something two or three times before it makes sense?|
|4||Are you uncomfortable reading out loud?|
|5||Do you omit, transpose, or add letters when you are reading or writing?|
|6||Do you find you still have spelling mistakes in your writing even after Spell Check?|
|7||Do you find it difficult to pronounce uncommon multi-syllable words when you are reading?|
|8||Do you choose to read magazines or short articles rather than longer books and novels?|
|9||When you were in school, did you find it extremely difficult to learn a foreign language?|
|10||Do you avoid work projects or courses that require extensive reading?|
If you checked seven or more of these questions, this may indicate dyslexia. Consider seeking consultation from a specialist or a formal diagnostic assessment from a qualified examiner.
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